We are quickly approaching the Ides of March which means I am a bit late on this edition of the Bowtown Blogs. But as they say, better late than never.

This month I would like to talk about instruments and some of the frequently asked questions. One of the most surprising things about musical instruments is how after hundreds and perhaps even thousands of years, most instruments have changed very little since they were first invented. Instruments like violins, acoustic and classical guitars, pianos, wind and percussion instruments seemed to have reached a peak in their development around the 17th and 18th centuries and are still being made in much the same way and from the same materials. With the exception of the electric guitar, musicians prefer to play the original acoustic instruments. In this age of modern technologies changing almost on a daily basis it is refreshing to know that some things just can’t be improved.

Of the many questions we get from our customers, “what are the main differences concerning the quality of instruments”? is probably the most common. For this the simple answer is craftsmanship and materials. Especially for stringed instruments like ukuleles, guitars and violins. there are a wide variety of manufacturing techniques and materials used. One of the main differences is whether or not solid wood is used. Most of the low to mid priced instruments are made with a laminated wood product which does not age or sound as well as an instrument made with solid wood. This is why instruments made with solid wood tend to be more expensive. However, in defense of low priced instruments, the manufacturing process has developed to such a high degree that very good quality instruments are being produced. This is great for beginners or people who want an instrument but don’t want to worry too much about a little ware and tear.

If you have any more questions about musical instruments, lessons, rentals or books please give us a call or drop in and see us. We would love to help in any way we can.